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By Jennifer Esmail

Reading Victorian Deafness is the 1st booklet to deal with the the most important position that deaf humans, and their special language of symptoms, performed in Victorian tradition. Drawing on a number works, from fiction by way of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, to poetry by way of deaf poets and lifestyles writing via deaf memoirists Harriet Martineau and John Kitto, to clinical treatises by way of Alexander Graham Bell and Francis Galton, Reading Victorian Deafness argues that deaf people’s language use used to be a public, influential, and contentious factor in Victorian Britain.

The Victorians understood signed languages in a number of, and infrequently contradictory, methods: they have been items of fascination and revulsion, have been of clinical import and literary curiosity, and have been thought of either a special mode of human conversation and a vestige of a bestial historical past. Over the process the 19th century, deaf humans have been more and more stripped in their linguistic and cultural rights by means of a frequent pedagogical and cultural move referred to as “oralism,” comprising in most cases listening to educators, physicians, and parents.

Engaging with a gaggle of humans who used symptoms rather than speech challenged the Victorian figuring out of people as “the talking animal” and the frequent figuring out of “language” as a made from the voice. it's right here that Reading Victorian Deafness offers mammoth contributions to the fields of Victorian experiences and incapacity experiences. This e-book expands present scholarly conversations round orality, textuality, and sound whereas demonstrating how understandings of incapacity contributed to Victorian structures of normalcy. Reading Victorian Deafness argues that deaf humans have been used as fabric try out matters for the Victorian technique of figuring out human language and, by means of extension, the definition of the human.

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